film: Our Land, Our Life
Also released as "American Outrage"
A new documentary about the Western Shoshone struggle to retain treaty rights and defend their ancestral homeland. Western Shoshone territory encompasses most of present-day "Nevada", and is being actively decimated by mining companies and the military/nucelar industry. Shoshone land is the second largest gold producing area in the world.
The story is told through the lives of Carrie and Mary Dann, Western Shoshone sisters who since 1974 have been outspokenly defending the rights of their people. Their refusal to compromise in the face of all manner of harassment, intimidation, and offers of money by the US Government has long served as an inspiration to all traditional indigenous people who resist.
The film will be followed by a brief slideshow & update on the current struggle to defend sacred Mt. Tenabo from open pit cyanide heap-leach gold mining.
For more information:
Western Shoshone Defense Project
Great Basin Resource Watch (good info on Mt. Tenabo):
Report on Mt. Tenabo by the Sacred Lands Film Project:
Mt. Tenabo action alert page:
"American Outrage is an important document for all those who want to understand the ongoing resistance of Native peoples to U.S colonialism in Indian country. In documenting this struggle, the film is also an eloquent testament to the courage of the Dann sisters and through them to Native women around the country who have engaged and are engaging in this fight for justice."
Eric Cheyfitz, Director of the American Indian Program, Cornell University
"As Director of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival I have screened thousands of films on human rights over the past 13 years. I applaud filmmakers Beth and George Gage who have achieved that rare film which expertly delivers a potent and timely human rights issue through masterful storytelling, beautiful cinematography, and unforgettable characters. American Outrage is a beautifully crafted, powerful, truly exceptional human rights film whose message and impact will reverberate for years to come."
John H. Biaggi, Director, Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
"Every once in a while you come across a character in a documentary that you know you will not forget for a long time. Carrie Dann is one of those characters. Sadly, her story, like the title rightly tells us, is an outrageous but quintessentially American one: the near-impossible fight to save her pristine land from avaricious government and corporate interests. Compellingly-chronicled by veteran filmmakers Beth and George Gage, American Outrage is a film that will remain not only relevant but essential for decades."
David Holbrooke, Festival Director, Mountainfilm in Telluride
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Added to the calendar on Monday Apr 13th, 2009 6:55 PM